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Field Trips

Cox Arboretum– Saturday, September 14, 2019
Part of the Five Rivers Metropark system, Cox Arboretum is a 189-acre facility located on the south side of Dayton. The Arboretum offers 2.5 miles of trails through mature forests and colorful meadows. There is an excellent range of native wildflowers and mature trees at the rear of the Arboretum. 9 specialty gardens provide inspiration for gardeners wishing to make sustainable plant choices. Our leader for this trip will be experienced horticulturalist Dick Munson. The trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the one-hour drive to the Arboretum. Those wishing to do so may get together for lunch in the Dayton area before returning to Oxford in the afternoon.

Forest Run Metropark – Sunday, October 13, 2019
Located in Ross Township, the Metropark includes a variety of natural landscapes across 342 acres. Our visit will include the Timberman Ridge and Wildlife Preserve Areas of Forest Run featuring 9.1 miles of natural trails and a spectacular scenic overlook with an observation deck. Wildlife expert Sam Fitton will lead our visit to Forest Run. We’ll meet at 8:00 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the half-hour drive to Forest Run. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Elk Creek Metropark – Saturday, November 9, 2019
At over 800 acres, Elk Creek Metropark in Madison Township is the largest park in Butler County. This beautiful natural setting provides views of the wooded hills and rolling meadows forming the walls of the creek valley. Hiking trails are routed throughout the woods and along Elk Creek, which runs the length of the park. Elk Creek was created in 2016 when a new 456.3-acre parcel of land known as Meadow Ridge was combined with the 352-acre Sebald Park, which had been owned and managed by Metroparks since 2014. We’ll meet at 8:00 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) for the 35-minute drive to Elk Creek. Pack a picnic lunch or snacks if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Brookville Lake Area – Saturday, December 7, 2019 Ornithologist Dr. David Russell will again lead us on a birding tour of the Brookville Reservoir area between Liberty and Brookville, Indiana. We’ll visit a number of good spots around Brookville Lake as well as Whitewater State Park, looking for migrating ducks, geese, gulls, sandhill cranes and other species. The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford). Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible

For more instructions, trip information or last-minute changes, send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at ehollins@amvohio.org.

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